80 new local COVID-19 cases recorded in Hong Kong today, total cumulative cases reach 3,590 (Updated: 5.04pm)

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3rd August 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.30pm today that there are 80 new COVID-19 local cases (as of 12am today). 66 cases out of the 80 cases are linked to previous cases while 24 cases have unknown sources. For the first time, single-day cases in Hong Kong have dropped below 100 after 12 consecutively days. Total cumulative cases reached 3,590.

Dr.Chuang apologised for the mistakes made yesterday with regards to the test results for Cases No. 3426 (resident from Tsz Ching Estate in Tsz Wan Shan) and 3464 (employee at CARITAS EVERGREEN HOME). Both tested negative and they have been discharged. These two cases numbers have since been replaced with new patients.

Caritas Evergreen Home at PORTION LG/F, 1/F & 2/F, SAI YING PUN COMMUNITY COMPLEX, 2 HIGH STREET, SAI YING PUN, HONG KONG.

She pointed out that the testing centre mistakenly regarded the negative results of the two tested persons as a diagnosis. When the problem was discovered, the employee of CARITAS EVERGREEN HOME was being sent to the AsiaWorld-Expo, but the person did not get off the vehicle and went to Princess Margaret Hospital instead, and the person was informed subsequently that the test result was negative. As for the resident of Tsz Ching Estate, the person was waiting at home for admission and did not go to the hospital.

44 out of 66 cases are family members and friends linked to previously infected cases. There are also other cases linked to workplace/clinics/elderly home where there were a few cluster outbreaks. Case No. 3522 is a doctor linked to Caritas Medical Centre.

5 more new cases are linked to the cluster outbreak that took place at a multi-level marketing office called Star Global on Argyle Street, Kowloon.

1 more taxi driver is infected with COVID-19.

87-year-old patient (Case No.3553) is linked to Caritas Medical Centre. 1 elderly patient is linked to the cluster outbreak at The Salvation Army Lung Hang Residence for Senior Citizens in Sha Tin. 2 cases are linked to another elderly home while there is one more new preliminary case detected.

The COVID-19 epidemic has claimed two more lives this morning (3rd). Both COVID-19 patients at Tuen Mun Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital have passed away respectively. A total of 37 patients have passed away so far.

Tuen Mun Hospital announced that an 83-year-old male patient passed away this morning. The deceased was a resident at Kong Tai Care for the Aged Centre. He had a long-term illness. He was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment on the 9th of last month because of fever. However, his condition continued to deteriorate before passing away at 6.34am today.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth Hospital stated that an 84-year-old female patient died and she stayed at Ward A6. The patient has a chronic illness and was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment on the 10th of last month due to fainting and a fall. The patient’s condition continued to deteriorate, and she passed away at 5.28am today. A total of 3 patients have passed away in the same ward.

As of 9 am today, the Hospital Authority (HA) system has reported 177 cases in the past 24 hours, and another 4 confirmed patients have passed away. A total of 37 people have passed away. So far, 1,243 patients have been hospitalised in 19 hospitals of the HA, Lei Yue Mun Quarantine Centre and AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 43 are in critical condition, 49 are in serious condition, and 1,151 are in stable condition. As of noon, 56 patients were in the AsiaWorld-Expo community treatment facility, about 200 were in the Lei Yue Mun quarantine facility, and about 300 people had been transferred to second-tier isolation beds.

As at 9am today, 78 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital.  So far a total of 2,037 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged. At present, there are 675 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,256 negative pressure beds activated.

As for the general ward of Caritas Medical Centre, 1 doctor and 1 patient were diagnosed. A total of 4 people were diagnosed in the same ward. A total of 25 staff and 35 patients were classified as close contacts and required isolation and observation. For the time being, 65 staff and 97 patients have been tested and all the results were negative.

During early morning today, the negative pressure system of two intensive treatment isolation wards at Tseung Kwan O Hospital failed. The engineering staff estimated that it would take a period of time to repair. The medical staff arranged for the two COVID-19 infected patients to be transferred to another isolation ward.

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